In the ongoing tragic conflict in Lebanon we have five main-figures … and of course countless on the sidelines. George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Fuad Siniora, Hassan Nasrallah and Ehud Olmert – and I think we should get some more information on them!

I decided to introduce them to you .. one by one. This way you will get to know them, get an idea about their backgrounds, ideologies … and better understand their way of thinking and, resulting from that, their way of acting.

I want to start with the main-player, the one who’s decisive word could instantly stop the senseless and horrid killing and destruction – President George Walker Bush!

George Walker Bush was born on July 6th, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, as eldest son of George Herbert Walker Bush and his wife, Barbara.
The family moved to Texas when he was two years old where he was raised in Midland and Houston together with four siblings, Jeb, Neil, Marvin and one sister, Dorothy. A younger sister died at young age in 1953 from Leukemia.

He attended Phillips Academy, an independent co-educational boarding high school, in Andover, Massachusetts and was later accepted into Yale, where he received a BA in history in 1968 and became as well member of the secretive “Scull and Bones Society”.
By own characterisation he was an average student.

In May 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, he was accepted into the “Texas National Guard” , an appointment which brought him much criticism throughout his career over his induction, being an irregular attendee and period of service.
After that he joined the “Alabama National Guard”.

In 1974 he obtained permission to end his six-year service half a year prior (with honourable discharge) in order to be able to attend Harvard Business School.

There are a number of accounts of substance abuse and otherwise disorderly conduct by Bush from this time. Bush has described this period of his life as his “nomadic” period of “irresponsible youth” and admitted to drinking “too much” in those years.

After obtaining an MBA from Harvard, Bush entered the oil industry in Texas, working in the companies of his father’s business allies and contacts.

In 1977 he ws introduced to Laura Welch, a school teacher and librarian, who he married after a courtship of three months and settled in Midland.
The twin-daughters Jenna and Barbara were born in 1981.
Bush left his family’s Episcopalian Church in order to join his wife’s Methodist denomination.

George W. Bush is the first president to have run a marathon. Before running for governor of Texas he completed the 1993 Houston Marathon in 3:44:52 for a pace of about 8:36/mile. He had been running since he was 26 and, before taking office, ran 15 to 30 miles a week.


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